Ditch the Elevator Speech

Ditch the Elevator Speech

They say, “there’s a time and place for everything.” But there is really no room for your elevator speech at a casual networking (or getting-to-know-you) event. And it is certainly not a great opener when you’re meeting someone new with whom you’d like to develop a...
The Importance of Open-Ended Questions

The Importance of Open-Ended Questions

Have you ever been frustrated by a conversation you feel is going nowhere? One where you’re looking to get to know someone better but it’s plagued by one-word responses? It may be because of the kind of questions you’re asking. Yes and No Sometimes “yes” and “no”...
Networking Through Summer Break

Networking Through Summer Break

Ahhh…Summer. The kids are off of school. Vacation days are planned. Trips to the beach and ball games beckon. It’s a grand time. But don’t sacrifice the networking connections you’ve made! While many groups (like ours) take a break from traditional organized...
Leveraging LinkedIn

Leveraging LinkedIn

Looking to take to the web to expand your professional network? There’s a place for that. It’s not Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. You’ll want to set up a profile on LinkedIn, the top professional social platform for career networking. Did you know that at the close...
What Networking Group Should I Join?

What Networking Group Should I Join?

Are you a networking novice at a loss for where and how to get started? We at Pagoda Business Association say: start by searching out professional organizations that are centered on your field of work – human resources, public relations, accounting – whatever it may...